The Gallery’s Annual Graduate Show which is being held throughout January 2018 is now open and all the work is on the website http://www.beveregallery.com and available to purchase online
As regular visitors will know, the Gallery is completely emptied and then devoted entirely to our selected exhibitors from the 2017 crop of graduates. This year has been a good one and we have fourteen makers, including a textile artist, who together will make for a stimulating show. Indeed, I know that you will tell us if you don’t share our view.
It has always been one of the popular events of our year. There is an appetite for the new and this is one of the opportunities to see what direction ceramics is currently taking. The list of makers covers a nationwide range of university applied arts departments, including for the first time Limerick, where the Head of Ceramics is Mandy Parslow whose work is featured at Bevere.
We are not saying that these are the best graduates from the last year – that would be an extraordinarily bold and somewhat reckless claim – however these are makers that impressed us on a number of levels – technical skill, originality, quality and visual impact. The latter is important as we know that our view of art and craft is so often shaped by our first contact with the work. Visitors, as always, will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite graduate. The one with the most votes will be represented by us during 2018 and if your name is pulled randomly from the usual large number of voters, you will get a £100 voucher to spend at Bevere.
I have purposely avoided naming names – they will all be on the website – so as to not show favour to one maker or another. The choice will be entirely yours – based on what you see in the show. Surfice to say, we are delighted with our short list this year and hope that you will be too.